Central Park Boathouse

4.7
6407 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
With their 1858 landscaping plan under construction, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began adding architectural features to their Park design. Around 1874, Vaux designed a two-story boathouse at the eastern end of the Lake. Here visitors could purchase refreshments, take boat rides, and watch other boats. After this wooden Victorian structure with sloping mansard roof burned down, the current Loeb Boathouse took its place in the 1950s. Today at the New York Boathouse visitors can enjoy a meal in any season, with overhead heating helping to extend as long as possible the pleasure of dining on the deck overlooking the Lake. Come visit a New York legend!

PROOF OF VACCINATION
Please note: starting on Monday August 16, 2021, New York City will require all guests to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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vipwino
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trip to NYC with my husband

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RominaC
Fort Lauderdale
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time we come to visit NY, we go for lunch at the Boathouse.
It Is an incredible experience, you do not have to miss.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was great but service for a nice establishment like this was just okay. The server barely checked on us so I wasn’t able to tell him that the salad i orders without bacon came with bacon. I ate around it, but it would have been nice to have a follow up on our food throughout the meal. Otherwise the place is beautiful!

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MillieD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a memorable meal and a spectacular view. Thank you!

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Bossgal
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As a visitor to New York I enjoyed my visit to the Boathouse. The halibut was delicious! Drinks were on point and wine selection was good too. We sat by the water and the visit capped off a great trip to Central Park.

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ANNP
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the special and the fish was delicious. A perfect lunch.

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AnnW
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very gracias portion! Food was super tasty! Best lunch view in Central Park!

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vipBeth
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not dismiss this place as a "tourist trap." It isn't cheap, but the food and setting are spectacular. We had a table overlooking the water on a beautiful early fall day. Our server was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. My husband had a perfectly cooked piece of salmon that was an ample size for just about anyone. I had a beautiful salad nicoise with perfectly prepared seared rare tuna. We split a delicious creme brûlée for dessert. I highly recommend the Central Park Boathouse.

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JingtingC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

service is not okay no even asking if everything going ok or not!and tip force charging in the bill!

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Philly16fam
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was exceptional! Everything was outstanding

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WGRfd
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG, outdoor dining at its absolute best, in town or from out of town this is the place to spoil yourself and your friends

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always a nice stop in Central Park. A bit pricey, but the service is great and the food is good

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vipHOBNOBmag
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't have been any more wonderful: Fantastic, friendly service... an incomparable view... and exceptional food. We had the crab cake, lobster salad, and beets for lunch with a glass of Prosecco. The weather in Oct was balmy, so completed the mood. Will remember this day for a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience.

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vipDianaD
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated quickly at a nice table, we were early for our 12:30 reso. The service was very good except when we asked for more bread, that seemed to throw them off. The monkfish was excellent and had a great flavor. The halibut special was very good but a little bland. Maybe a different or additional sauce would have helped. Golden beet salad very flavorful. The food was high quality. Entree came out before finished with the salad but we didn’t complain. Setting is lovely. Would definitely go back.

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vipJenniferF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and wonderful food!

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Steve0228
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about the experience. The bill was high - $90 w/tip - but well worth it.

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KristinK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous place to have lunch! It is the quintessential New York spot for a beautiful setting and a yummy meal. Book reservations early as it fills quickly.

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IsabelV
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location was beautiful, our table setting had an amazing view, the service and food were excellent, would definitely recommend and will visit again in another trip to NYC

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vipMJD523
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this iconic NYC treasure!!

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Cordybaby
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't beat the food, service, and the location of this restaurant. It was a great way to spend our last lunch in The City.

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SFgurl84
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, highly recommend! Food was incredible, view was unbeatable and the cocktails were awesome!

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viplorimeis
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic experience , the wait staff was amazing the food was delicious and you cannot beat the view!

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KatV
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this spot! Enjoyed the crab cake and the creme brûlée was top drawer! Eager to go again. Great service from Clay..

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OutdoorsGirl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at the Central Park Boathouse, and I was very pleasantly surprised! We arrived 1/2 hour before it opened for our reservation to be sure to get a waterside table. The view of the lake just a few feet away, and the park beyond, cannot be beat. (One tip- be sure to bring vax card even though it seems like you are eating outdoors, it is technically considered indoor dining - crazy!). My grilled chicken salad was delicious and my dessert, creme brulee with berries, was addictive. My companion's lobster salad, however, was very small especially for the price. But of course you come here for the stunning view, not the best deal! The service was attentive but not intrusive. All in all, I would recommend highly!!

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AngelaF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively place for 3 generations to celebrate a birthday....we've enjoyed this several times this year and it never disappoints.

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LisaH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a sanctuary when you want a relaxing meal away from the noise and congestion of city restaurants. The wait staff is very attentive but also respects your desire to linger and enjoy the setting by the water amidst the greenery of the park.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our server proudly displayed his anti-vax and pro-gun beliefs by showing us proof of only one vaccine dose (that he said he had to get because he was about to get fired), while telling us how easy it is to fake the card, saying he’d had covid twice, and that he thinks all the precautions are unnecessary. For five minutes he stood over us speaking with no mask on. He also says that all people should have guns and likes what our governor is doing by not requiring permits to buy a gun. Why did he say these things? Because we are from Texas.

I’m all for making a connection with the person serving your food, but goodness - when someone says they don’t agree with you, maybe stop? If no one is responding after that, maybe get the hint?

Either way, the food was pretty good, scenery is great, and Central Park is lovely to walk around. And in appreciate that the restaurant is attempting to follow the rules to keep people safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Amanda the server was wonderful and the ambiance was the best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents were in the city visiting and we went for lunch - absolutely wonderful experience!

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vipCARAL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience…great food, ambience and service!

Anniversary plate courtesy of the restaurant.

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vipMaryB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a beautiful place. There were seven of us and the hostess accommodated us.I had called earlier and said we had seven and they said they could do it. Reservations are so important here for dinner due to the limited staff. Sitting outside as the sun was setting seeing the boats and gondola coming in to park was beautiful. I would highly recommend this fabulous restaurant.

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Star
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience! Highly recommend. The view is stunning and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day in Central Park. They got us a table right by the water. The food was excellent. Best mojito I've ever had. And they brought us out a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. We had a 330 reservation. We were seated right on time. We were done in just over an hour

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vipCaroniC
Orlando
30 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cakes and the crème brûlée are a MUST!!!

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vipJoyce
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, very good food and terrific service.

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AnneK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good service and food. Good value given unique location.

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OpenTable Diner
Chihuahua
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional and good superb!

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WILLIAMP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was good, but I was surprised at how quickly the food was served after ordering (although it was a slow night), and that for a party of four a 15% gratuity was added to the bill.

FAQs

Central Park Boathouse is rated 4.7 stars by 6407 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.